Louise Nichols

Senior journalist

From cattle to coal. Once a specialist agriculture writer today its about community, in particular, the Upper Hunter. I have lived and worked in the region for more than 30 years. Land use issues and the future direction of our region. But you cannot take ag out of the picture - our food and how we grow it is the basis of all life. Covering the Hunter and Mid North Coast rural issues is now part of my role with Fairfax Media.

Latest Stories

Future generation’s jobs

Future generation’s jobs

Now is the time to start planning for future land uses that will create sustainable jobs for the next generation.  

Buffer zones are they the answer?

Buffer zones are they the answer?

Visiting the Upper Hunter last week NSW Opposition leader Luke Foley reiterated his views that the region's thoroughbred industry needed protection or buffers zones between their operations and coal mines.  

Foley woos horse industry

Foley woos horse industry

Luke Foley arrived in Scone last night with a strong message for the region's thoroughbred breeders - a Labor state government led by him would introduce buffer zones.  

Breakthrough Indigenous heritage study

Breakthrough Indigenous heritage study

In a first for the Upper Hunter a project is underway designed to discover and help preserve the region's Aboriginal cultural heritage.  

Horse industry wants action

Horse industry wants action

Fearing another development application for the Drayton South coal tenement near Muswellbrook the Hunter's thoroughbred industry want the State Government to act now to prevent that from happening.  

Urbanised dogs a threat

Urbanised dogs a threat

Upper Hunter grazier Ian MacCallum says he feels powerless when it comes to tackling the menace posed by wild dogs.  

Moore Stock Horse wins

Moore Stock Horse wins

The Moore family certainly made their presence felt in the Australian Stock Horse (ASH) classes at this year's Sydney Royal Easter Show.  

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